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O, The Oprah Magazine September 2006 Issue

The Good Shopper
Organic flowers. Fair-traded coffee. Local produce. If every one of us made a few tiny, easy adjustments to our shopping lists, we could–no exaggeration–change the world. What are we waiting for? Barry Yeoman gets us started.

Flower Power
South America's prettiest export is also one of its most toxic. Workers on flower plantations in Colombia and Ecuador–two of the largest floral suppliers to the United States–are exposed to dozens of pesticides, many of them banned here.

Studies suggest that these workers face headaches, impaired vision, respiratory and neurological problems, miscarriages, and cancer, and that their children could suffer birth defects. The International Labor Rights Fund has also found sexual harassment, violence and child labor rampant in Ecuador's cut-flower industry. By contrast, flowers certified with the VeriFlora label are raised organically, with special efforts to conserve water and restore habitat. The growers pledge to protect the workers from discrimination, forced labor, and physical abuse. The flowers are available online at

Originally printed in the September 2006 issue in O, The Oprah Magazine

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